A lot of innovation has taken place within Africa in recent times; unfortunately there has been little or no documentation or media coverage of these innovations happening within and around the continent.
In response to this, The Nerve Africa in partnership with Lagos Business School (LBS) hosted the maiden edition of the Emergent Continent Conference today, November 16, 2016, at the Intercontinental Hotel Lagos.
The conference themed “Make Innovation Happen” focused on innovation in Africa, and the crucial role technology plays in the internalisation and facilitation of innovation on the continent. The conference was attended by a nexus of experts, professionals, academics and learners who are devoted to promoting innovation and expertise in Africa.
In her opening remarks Dr ‘Yinka David West, Academic Director, LBS, emphasised the important role technology has come to play in our lives. “We are coming together to think of how we can transform our continent, the theme of the day, Make Innovation Happen, is really apt because we see how technology, has changed the way we live, think, and the way we work in everyday life. We use financial services differently, we consume media products and services differently, and all sort of other good things” she said. She also pointed out the key role LBS plays in the innovation of the African continent. “Whether we like it or not, industry is changing and we need to take note of those changes, and create the people industry wants. Businesses want smarter people, and our responsibility as educators at the Lagos Business School is to create the human capital” she said.
The conference came to an end with a networking session.